Recovery Mode

By Kristina Benoist (Westminster College)   The group has now entered what we like to call, “Recovery Mode” from the Fjords. This has provided an excuse for eating endless amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, taking long naps in the sun, and constantly reminiscing about the amazing Fjords adventure we’ve just come back from; not…

Climbing

Written on October 30, 2014. By Rebecca McGehee (Carleton College)   Not a single day passes when something extraordinary does not occur here. On Saturday (25 Oct), we climbed up Ganamub Mountain with two game guards from Sesfontein Conservancy, Ricky and Pienaar. It had a prominence of about 430m, but was one of the highest peaks…

The Fjords

By Elliott Casper (University of Vermont)   It was a sunny and gorgeous day in Tortel, a rare occurrence over the last 3 weeks, but it always seems to be sunny the day you leave. The Fjords were finally coming to an end whether we liked it or not. Most of us were quiet and…

La Valle Esperanza

November 3, 2014 By Natalie Stoneburner (CSBSJU)   After successfully completing our first backpacking adventure in the Fjords, our group spent a few days recuperating in CONAF’s refugio in Fiordo Bernardo. In the refugio (a small remote house built for the guardaparques while they are in the field) we spent our days catching up on…

Visit to Sesfontein School

By Taylor Schlichting (Colby College)   We awkwardly stood, the center of attention at the front of the classroom, about twenty five expectant eyes on us. “So we’re from Round River Conservation Studies” Rebekah begins, introducing herself and stating her favorite animal as a way of confirming to the kids that we are not there…

The Young Hunters

Written October 24, 2014. By Karissa Killian (Westminster College)   On our second day in the Hoanib river bed on October 23rd, having seen five, young, collared male lions on our way into the Hoanib the day before, we decide to try and track them ourselves on our way to a new campsite. Vehi, of…

Just Lion Around

Written October 17th (posted late due to limited internet access in the field) By Sam Wasserman (Colby College)   “Woah, woah, woah, there’s an elephant!” Vehi stomped on the brakes, put the car in reverse, and backed up over the loose rock until twenty meters to our left, standing between two dense Salvadora persica trees,…